Wooster Geologists in Southwestern Utah (March 2019)

March 21st, 2019

During our 2019 Spring Break, Dr. Shelley Judge, our ace technician Nick Wiesenberg, and I took two students (Anna Cooke ’20 and Evan Shadbolt ’20) to southwestern Utah for Independent Study (IS) research and geologic exploration. We had a great time, and as always we’re planning the next expedition. Anna and Evan collected nearly a hundred pounds of rocks from the Middle Jurassic Carmel Formation for their IS projects. Here are links to our daily blog posts in classic superpositional order (youngest on top):

March 20: Local culture on our last day in Utah
March 19: A free day spent geologically in southwestern Utah
March 18: Wooster Geologists return to Zion National Park
March 17: Last day of fieldwork for Team Jurassic Utah 2019
March 16: East of Zion
March 15: Fieldwork continues for Team Jurassic Utah, plus a museum visit
March 14: A much more pleasant day in southwestern Utah
March 13: Team Jurassic Utah endures polar conditions
March 12: A productive first day for Wooster Geologists in Utah
March 11: Team Jurassic Utah 2019 begins its adventure

(You can also search the tag “Utah2019”.)

This is the local stratigraphic column (modified from that on the Zion National Park website). The area is dominated by the magnificent Navajo Sandstone. The Carmel Formation (red dot) is one of the few carbonate units.

This expedition builds on the work of last year’s Team Jurassic Utah, Galen Schwartzberg ’19 and Ethan Killian ’19, along with a past generation of Wooster students in the 1990s. We thank them for their contributions to this continuing geological adventure. Thank you also to Patrice Reeder, our Administrative Coordinator, for all her help. Our colleague lab technician Nick Wiesenberg was a superb trip organizer, driver and field geologist. We are also grateful to the very generous landowners Hyrum & Gail Smith and Jay & Judy Leavitt.

Updates on our progress with these projects will be in future blog entries.

For our records, here are our collecting and measuring localities —

N Latitude Longitude Wooster Locality
Location name
37.25407499 -113.60516 C/W-751 WT Water tank
37.308755 -113.73653 C/W-142 EMR Eagle Mtn Ranch cliff
37.25500 -113.60436 C/W-756 WTR Water Tank Road
37.27629 -113.63712 C/W-757 DV Dammeron Valley
37.27747 -113.64420 C/W-758 DVN Dammeron Valley N
37.30882 -113.73883 C/W-759 Strom-mat Eagle Mtn Ranch
37.21548 -112.68215 C/W-760 CC Carmel Cove
37.22521 -112.68095 C/W-761 MCJ Encrinite at MCJ
37.12206 -113.39977 Air BnB Hurricane Air BnB
37.27629 -113.63712 C/W-762 DVN@DV DVN unit below DV

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